On the heels of Amazon and IBM taking stances about selling facial-recognition technology to law enforcement officials, Microsoft officials are weighing in, again, on the issue. Microsoft President and Chief Counsel Brad Smith said today, June 11, that the company won’t sell the technology to police departments until there’s a federal law regulating the technology, as noted in a Washington Post report.
In April 2019, Microsoft refused to install facial-recognition tech in California law enforcement officers’ cars and body cameras due to human rights concerns. Today, Smith said during a Post Live event that Microsoft had not sold its facial-recognition technology to law enforcement at all. Smith also said today that Microsoft plans to put in place “review factors” that would go beyond what Microsoft already has to determine the use of facial-recognition beyond law enforcement, the Post reported.
Smith’s comments today basically echo Microsoft’s stance since